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National system of innovation and technological learning: an integrated framework for understanding technological capability development in the Russian forestry sector


  • Ekaterina Thomas
  • Kirit Vaidya


One of the issues in the innovation system literature is examination of technological learning strategies of laggard nations. Two distinct bodies of literature have contributed to our insight into forces driving learning and innovation, National Systems of Innovation (NSI) and technological learning literature. Although both literatures yield insights on catch-up strategies of 'latecomer' nations, the explanatory powers of each literature by itself is limited. In this paper, a possible way of linking the macro- and the micro-level approaches by incorporating enterprises as active learning entities into the learning and innovation system is proposed. The proposed model has been used to develop research hypotheses and indicate research directions and is relevant for investigating the learning strategies of firms in less technologically intensive industries outside East Asia.

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  • Ekaterina Thomas & Kirit Vaidya, 2009. "National system of innovation and technological learning: an integrated framework for understanding technological capability development in the Russian forestry sector," International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 2(4), pages 294-313.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijtlid:v:2:y:2009:i:4:p:294-313

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    1. Figueiredo, Paulo N., 2016. "Evolution of the short-fiber technological trajectory in Brazil's pulp and paper industry: The role of firm-level innovative capability-building and indigenous institutions," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 64(C), pages 1-14.


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